UPS, NTSB release new details about Ala. plane crash that killed 2

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by WHAS11/news release

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 11:47 AM

   BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WHAS11) -- UPS and the NTSB have released new details about the Birmingham plane crash that killed two people.

UPS has confirmed the identities of the pilots that died in a plane crash early Wednesday morning, Aug. 14.  Captain Cerea Beal, a resident of Matthews, N.C., was 58-years-old. He has been with UPS since 1990. Capt. Beal served more than six years in the Marines as a heavy lift helicopter pilot.

First Officer Shanda Fanning, a resident of Lynchburg, Tenn., was 37-years-old. She has been with UPS since 2006.

Beal and Fanning flew out from Louisville at about five Wednesday morning in an airbus 300.  Their approach into Birmingham, Ala. ended in a fiery crash on about a mile and a half from the airport.

According to early findings from the NTSB: “The preliminary evidence indicates no evidence of an uncontained engine failure; there's no evidence of a pre-impact fire; there is evidence of debris such as dirt and wood from trees”.

It took three hours to recover the black box recordings and they were flown back to Washington DC and analyzed through the night. In Louisville, UPS has been asked to compile all records relating to the pilots and plane.

The UPS Family Assistance Team is providing support to the crew members' families during this difficult time.  The entire UPS family sends our condolences and will keep the Beal and Fanning families in our thoughts and prayers.

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